Friday, February 26, 2010

The other side of Harties - Maree

"...try to forget what objects you have before you, a tree, a house, a field or whatever ... merely think here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact color and shape..."
- Claude Monet

For me, this is "the other side of Hartebeespoort Dam" (also known as Harties) - not the usual route we always take over the dam wall, but turning off at Van Gaalen's Cheese Farm and going into the Villa D'Afrique housing estate - the estate has got a wildness about it, away from the normal hustle and bustle of the dam, very peaceful and quiet. This is watercolour in my Moleskine watercolour sketch-book.

I found a comfortable rock, prepared my palette and just put the colour straight on the paper, with no sketching, starting with the water - the reflections were great and high above the the Magaliesberg mountains the vultures were soaring, not in my pic, making use of the warm thermals to gain height. A perfect day for sketching!


  1. I've said it before---you really have a way with landscapes! I love your quote, too, a perfect accompaniment to this beautiful sketch!

  2. Thank you so much Carol! Your comment is heart-warming!

  3. Maree,

    I love your style of drawing and painting. It is at the same time simple and elegant.

  4. Thanks Pam, I know you saw it on my blog - thanks for commenting again!

  5. Thank you for the kind comment Bob!


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